Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “A time for every purpose under heaven”

Apr 20 2020

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 

“A time for every purpose under heaven”

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Solomon wrote: “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.”

Solomon summarizes his quest to find the meaning of life when he writes “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” This is not only a description of the events of life it is a description of why God sends them. During these eight verses Solomon takes 14 contrasts of life and affirms that no matter which season or time we may find our self in, God will make “everything beautiful in its time!” (verse 11). These 14 contrasts full into three divisions which make up humanity:

  1. Body: The first four pairs in verse 2-3 and contrast the things that directly relate to our physical life.
  2. Soul: The second four pairs in verses 4-5 deal with those things that concern our soul, what we think and feel in regard to our relationships with others.
  3. Spirit: The last six pairs in verses 6-8 deal with our values and standards which come from our spiritual nature.

Solomon wants his readers to know that God will make “everything beautiful in its time”:

In our body or “physical lifeGod holds four things in His hands:

The Perimeters of our life

The Provision for our lives

The Protection for our lives

The Perfection for our lives  

Then in our soul “the realm of what we think and feel and how and how that affects how we relate to others” God holds four more things in His hands:

The Stability for our lives

The Stillness for our lives

The Standpoint for our lives

The Support for our lives

Finally, in the realm of our spiritual lives (the inner decisions and commitment to God as it relates to our values) God holds six things in His hands:

The Truth for our lives

The Way for our lives

Our Life for us

The Word for our lives

The Love for our lives

The Rest for our lives

Dear Christian, Isn’t it a great comfort in seasons like this to know that God has every aspect of our lives in His hands and that He will make “everything beautiful in its time!”

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!